Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised - and constantly revised - by the killer.
Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio
“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)
Great mystery thriller...second Jo Nesbo book read...good competitor to Stieg Larssen's style...l love the British narrator..
The writing and narration are of a high standard. My only complaint is that I was able to guess where the plot was leading a little too easily.
The story seemed to be good but was very confusing as the narrator basically had two voices - one slightly higher pitch reserved for all female characters and one deeper voice for the male characters.
Since this book involves a vast number of characters, this quickly became confusing.
Here we go again. Another predictable, stereotypical serial killer story. It's 12 hours too long. How do these stories get such high ratings? I kept listening thinking it had to get better, but it doesn't! Wait for the unabridged version if you really think you need this book.
This is the worst novel and narrator I have ever wasted a credit on. I only downloaded it because of all the positive reviews. It was long ( thought it would never end) and the fact that I listened to it all attests to my aversion to wasting money. Please don't waste yours.
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This series just keeps getting better. Robin Sachs has become the voice of Harry Hole in my mind and has another excellent performance. Twists and turns kept me guessing all the way through.
Lots of twists and turns, kept you guessing till the very end .Believable characters which I find helps me get into the story.
I have accepted the rules of the game without hesitation. The true villain was not clear to the moment that the author decided to show him/her (not to spoil effect). Translation is good and narrator is very good. The difference in opinions of reviewers was surprising. People give it from 1 to 5 stars. Some do not like sex. It is not too graphic. Somebody said that it is not the Silence of the Lambs. Why it should be? It is closer to classic detective stories then Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where the author introduced a magic bullet - hacking - as a tool for solving problems, which I consider a big disadvantage. The killer is bad but not supernatural. Comparing to real life killer who devastated Oslo a couple of days ago, this story sounds rather mild. Summary: if you like detective stories, this one will be enjoyable.
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